WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
Turkey. Nowadays People Go To The Dentist Not Only For Dental Problems But Also For Esthetic Appearance As Well.
There are a lot of ways to have beautiful, white teeth with nice forms.
Esthetic dentists apply the methods that are clinically suitable. Esthetic dentists help people have a much better-looking smile with various methods. It is important to have these procedures done in a hygienic environment. Esthetic dentists design teeth that are suitable for the patient’s face by evaluating the existing teeth, gums and jaw structure.
Esthetic dentists are interested in
- Color, form and position disharmony of teeth
- The appearance of the gums,
- Harmony of teeth, gums, lips, jaw bones and the face,
- Diastema (gaps) between teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Old fillings with poor appearance.
HOW IT IS APPLIED?
First of all, an x-ray is needed to evaluate the patient that came to the clinic. The related teeth must be treated for caries, calculus etc. if there is any need. Following the treatments, digital smile design is applied to show the patient how his/her teeth will look when the esthetic work is finished. Once the patient sees the digital smile design, he/she has every right to make changes. Dental esthetic procedures vary depending on the tooth structure. If the teeth are not a requested shade, whitening can be preferred, if there are gaps between teeth or there is crowding, crowns or porcelain veneers can be the solution. Every step is planned with the dentist.
Cosmetic Dentistry The methods of treatment for esthetic dentistry are;
- Esthetic composite fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Metal-free crowns, meaning zirconia empress application
- Gingival esthetics
- Digital smile design application
WHAT ARE ESTHETIC COMPOSITE FILLINGS?
It is important today that esthetic procedures satisfy both visual and functional needs. That is why the main goal is to have fillings that are compatible with tooth form, have margins that are not visible so the filling is not distinct. The material for the filling is composite, which can be easily shaped, reacts with halogen light and hardens, it bonds with the tooth chemically.
With bonding, also known as adhesive applications, fractures on the front teeth or diastema (gaps) can easily be treated in one appointment. Teeth can also be elongated. This system is developed in order to treat the bad shape, size and shade of teeth without having to do any preparations. These applications are esthetic, fast and cost efficient. In most cases, it can be completed in 1 hour without any need of anesthesia.
Smile design is designing the best smile with functional, esthetic, natural looking teeth and also considering personal expectations. In general, more than one procedure such as whitening, gingival adjustments, porcelain veneers or implants can be done.
If the complaint is that gums are too visible when smiling (Gummy Smile) or teeth are too small, or uneven gingival levels are present, gingival adjustments can be done to overcome it.
One of the most in demand procedures is bleaching, also known as tooth whitening. This is an esthetic procedure. It is a simple and fast procedure with great results.
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
With this method, tooth structure is least affected. Preparations of only 0.3-0.7 mm are necessary. Porcelain veneers are cemented to the prepared area.
Porcelain veneers are suitable for;
Teeth that are so small that they cannot be seen when the person smiles,
Discolored teeth resulting from antibiotic or overdose of fluor use, which cannot be whitened with whitening treatment,
Fractured anterior teeth,
Diastema (teeth that have gaps in between),
Crowded or crooked teeth if orthodontics is not an option,
Teeth that have bad shape or form.
WHAT ARE ZIRCONIA CROWNS?
Zirconia is a white material that replaces the gray metal in porcelain crowns and bridges. It is possible to achieve results with better esthetics with zirconia supported porcelain crowns compared to traditional porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns. With PFMs, it is possible to have a purple-ish color on the part where crown meets the gum which will never happen with a zirconia crown. Thanks to its translucency, natural tooth appearance is achieved. It is non-allergenic. It is more beneficial for systemic health compared to PFMs. It is a reliable material which will not cause bad taste, gingival problems or halitosis.
Zirconia crowns can be used for;
Teeth that have lost most of their tooth structure,
Bridges when there is a tooth missing,
Esthetic restorations in the anterior region,
People who are allergic to metal,
Implant supported crowns.
ADVANTAGES OF PORCELAIN VENEERS
Minimal or no preparation is required on the tooth surface,
No discoloration occurs with environmental factors such as tea, coffee consumption or smoking,
Shade selection is possible,
Can easily restore fractures, bad fillings or discolorations on teeth,
Very natural-looking so it doesn’t look “done”,
Very resistant to abrasion, they protect the tooth from caries.
ADVANTAGES OF ESTHETIC DENTISTRY
Having beautiful, healthy-looking, white teeth is the most important advantage of esthetic dentistry. This increases self confidence, which leads to better social interactions. Talking and smiling comfortably means a happier life.
AFTER ESTHETIC DENTISTRY
Patients need to avoid hot or cold food and beverages after having esthetic dental treatment. Otherwise treated teeth can be negatively affected. In addition, after whitening treatments coloring substances such as tea, coffee, juice, red wine or cigarettes must not be consumed. Also prescribed medications must be taken if there is any, and the instructions of the dentist must be followed.